You know how much I love promoting great opportunities within the nerd community, and recently, I was contacted by the China Women’s Film Festival (CWFF) to promote a great opportunity for ladies in the comic book industry. This year the festival is hosting a comic writing competition for all illustrators and writers which identify as female, and the prize would definitely make it worth writing a 20-30 page stand alone story based on their writing prompt. Keep reading for more information about the festival and for details on the contest.
China Women’s Film Festival
The CWFF has been hosted annually since 2013, and 2017 will be the fifth year for the festival hosted in Beijing, China on September 16-24. The goal of the festival is to increase the visibility of females in film, not just on screen, and CWFF gives female filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work national and international participants and audiences.
In their second year the festival received second place in the Austrian Intercultural Achievement Award given out by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are also receiving official support from UN Women for this project. If I haven’t convinced you why they are awesome yet then just consider that Wonder Woman is the highest grossing live-action female directed film in the world, and this event may help discover more talent that will bring even more amazing films like Wonder Woman to life.
“Both men and women across the world continue to struggle for gender equality. Through this festival, we hope to present a feminist perspective to participants and to continue the journey towards equality.” –CWFF About Page
The comic competition is being hosted by the festival to give the same opportunity to women in comics as they have already given to women in film.
What do I have to do?
The contest asks competitors to prepare a stand alone chapter ranging from 20-30 pages. The story is to be based on Princess Su, a Chinese princess who uses her inventions to save her downtrodden subjects being ignored by their government. The chapter can be based on her origin story or from later on in the character’s development so long as it is standalone. Her background story can be viewed in the PDF attached to this blog post.
The deadline for submissions is August 15th, and submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All who identify as female are welcome to enter this competition.
What does the winner get?
The grand winner will receive flights to Beijing and the opportunity to meet with NGOs and artists working in the Women’s Rights and LGBT community. The winning chapter will be printed in the program for the CWFF. Other top submissions will be exhibited at the 3rd International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls Art Exhibition, which is also hosted in Beijing in conjunction with UN Women.
For more information and additional questions on the competition please visit their website. If you know anybody who might be a good fit for this please share this article with them. I hope you’ll let me know if you’re going to enter! Don’t forget to leave a comment, and subscribe via email or Bloglovin’ to never miss a post.